Well as the year is coming to an end, we are releasing two long lost gems from the Luton area. First one of these is by the ACME ATTRACTIONS who released one great single back in 1980 called "ANYWAY" backed with "NEVER AGAIN". Just listen to the lyrics of 'Anyway', it is all about the late great 'Keith Moon'. The band did follow up this debut release and backed another local artist Bonnie Parker a year later.... both releases can be found on this album.
After watching the Damned in a local pub in Luton back in 1976, members of this band were mesmerized with their performance and one stand-out moment was when the Damned were being heckled by members of another local band THE Q-TIPS about their ability of playing, Dave Vanian jumped off the stage and poured a pint of beer over their heads. Then a month later they witness the SEX PISTOLS at the QUEENSWAY HALL in Dunstable. THAT WAS IT! The seed was sowed and Jim and Dave knew they had to be part of this new vibrant scene and ACME ATTRACTIONS were born (even though at this point it was only a dream).
Now in the bands own words....
Born from an after pub party, while miming in a front room to whatever song was on The threat of "Now let’s see if you can go out and form your own band"
Was the only challenge we needed!
Within 6 months of that night the guitarist had self-taught himself and the bass player the basic skills required to form the band (3 chords).
(I got my first real six strings, played it till my fingers bled).
It was happening!
(Me and some guys from school we got a band and we tried real hard).
After months of rehearsing, it was time to show the local pub that we didn’t want to listen to 'Smoke On The Water' or 'Johnny B. Goode' anymore.
It was our time.
Having been influenced by the attitude of the Pistols, Clash, with undercurrents of the Who, Mott the Hoople and some self-penned songs thrown in as well Acme Attractions played their first gig.
The local interest had drawn big crowds which lead to the band being banned from their first 3 gigs. This was not caused by violence, but due to over crowding resulting in damage caused to chairs, tables, and beer glasses.
The band were forced to seek bigger venues and halls this resulted in Acme Attractions being the only local band being able to fill "The Royal Hotel", the biggest of all the venues, not once but twice.
Not all gigs were as successful as that though as the landlord of The Kingsway Tavern Would tell you. After refusing to leave the stage one night until their set was finished, The landlord locked the band in the dressing room with his Alsatian dog. Threatening not to pay them as they had played over the permitted time. His error had been locking the door, as he had no escape himself When we threatened to break his legs.
The bands popularity and reputation was growing and growing and after progressing through a Battle of the Bands competition at the expense of the singer losing a front tooth, the band was making their name.
Local newspapers were wanting to know the story behind the band and local promoters were asking them to headline the local festivals such as The Luton Carnival and the Marsh Farm Festival.
The money gained through gigging went towards hiring a studio and the costs of producing 1,000 copies of their first single "Anyway" / "Never Again".
EMI had tried to claim a percentage of the copy rights through a distribution deal that did not suit the band, so the band decided to distribute it themselves. This is why most copies of the single have tipex on the label over the line that mentions EMI.
After continuous gigging and some radio air time, The band had reached a point that required more commitment To take them to the next level.
They had travelled as far as they could have on the local scene. A meeting had been called to discuss the next stage of progression and It was decided it was time for Acme Attractions to come to an end.
It was not the end of the band however as the remaining members continued under various names such as 'English Dream' and 'Pressure'.
With the new name of 'Pressure', it wasn't long before being signed to Anagram Records a division of Cherry Red Records. Releasing a further two 12" singles and touring the country before finally calling it a day back in 1983.
So for the first time in history, you can buy ACME ATTRACTIONS complete recorded history...
Never Again (Single)
Turn It Up (Demo)
Terelene Boys (Demo)
Boy In The Middle (Demo)
Never Again (Demo)
It's OK (Bonnie Parker Single)
Eve Of Destruction (Bonnie Parker Single)
I Don't Mind (Live)
My Bedroom Wall (Live)
Peace Of Mind (Live)
Never Gonna See The Things I See (Live)
The Dancer (Live)
You Know Dontcha (Live)
7 Minute Song (Live)
Let’s Go (Live)
Reasons Why I'm Here (Live)
On And On (Live)
There's No Change (Live)
I Ain't Your Fool (Live)
The Dance Song (Live)
Turn it up (Live)